Although it is slightly on the small side, I do just about manage to squeeze all my favourite products into it, on the bright side its smaller size means that it doesn't weigh down my handbag, which is always a bonus.
It's small size aside, the reason I've compromised with this make-up bag is purely because I love its floral print design and its easily wipeable surface - it might sound mad but material make-up bags are just too much effort, especially when you're always spilling foundation like me.
A quick guide to what is in my make-up bag (going from top left to right): Barbara Daly Foundation, Celline Concealer stick, Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (colour: Tantrum), Maybelline Rocket Volume Express Mascara, Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder (clear), eyelash curlers, Rimmel Kohl Eyeliner, Maybeline Blush'em, powder brush, sharpener, tweezers, L'occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream, and L'occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream.
In case you are wondering what makes these products make-up bag essential, let me just explain why each and everyone of these products are total lifesavers;
Barbara Daly Foundation: I just love this foundation, it's light and easy to apply, doesn't dry your skin out and best of all, it's oil-free - perfect for any oily skin suffers! Its light coverage smooths and levels out your complexion, giving a natural look that is perfect for summer. Available to buy here. (For a more in-depth review have a read of this).
Celline Concealer Stick: I'll admit that normally I would always buy a Rimmel cover-up stick, however, when I saw this on sale I couldn't resist giving it a go. Providing a smooth, creamy, light coverage this concealer is perfect for me as I rarely suffer from spots and blemishes, however it isn't exactly practical for covering up spots when they do occur - although great for covering dark circles and small marks, this concealer doesn't seem to be made for anything more.
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation: As this foundation provides quite thick and long-lasting coverage, I tend to use it primarily for non-day-to-day wear, so for nights out and other events. However, its SPF 18 protection would also make it ideal for daytime use - available to buy here.
Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer: Unlike many Primer's currently on the market, Rimmel Fix and Perfect is not skin coloured, and so, although it has many excellent qualities, I have found that it doesn't look great worn without foundation, despite what the bottles says. However, I do absolutely love the silky smooth feel of this product, as well as its skin smoothing ability, and its brightening and matifying results. Plus, its low price makes it a fabulous bargain - available to buy here!
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (colour: Tantrum): Although I don't tend to wear lipstick on a regular basis, I do love the colour and feel of Rimmel's lip products. I just love the bold eye-catching colour that makes Tantrum the perfect colour for nights out and other dressy events, as well as to simply brighten up any day-to-day outfit. (Buy it here!)
Maybelline Rocket Volume Express Mascara: With its jet glide brush and smooth, clump free formula, the quick and easy application of this is amazing, giving massive volume with just a few strokes. What I love most about this mascara is the ease of application and the excellent results from just one application - perfect for the morning rush! (You can buy it here.)
Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder: For someone like me who suffers from incredibly shiny skin, Rimmel's Clear Complexion Powder is an absolute god-send! It works perfectly with pretty much any foundation to help matify and control shine, and best of all, unlike many other pressed powders, its translucent colour means there is no cakey-looking powder residue - for best results I would suggest applying with a powder brush, instead of a sponge! (You can buy it here!)
|I had a little accident and dropped my powder but hey ho, it still works the same!|
L'occitane Dry Hand Cream and L'occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream: These hand creams are both essential make-up bag items; highly moisturizing, quick to soak in, and of course, they smell absolutely amazing. I must admit that although a little on the pricey side, I am a real fan of L'occitane, I just love how moisturizing and high quality all their products seem to be.
So there you have it, a comprehensive guide to each of my make-up bag essentials - if you have any questions or suggestions please do comment below and I will do my very best to get back to you!